Foret Takes Pole On New YZF-R6 At Losail Fabien Foret marked the first competitive appearance of the new Yamaha YZF-R6 in fine style by taking pole position and a new track best lap time of 2:01.928. This is also Foret's first race for his new...
Foret Takes Pole On New YZF-R6 At Losail
Fabien Foret marked the first competitive appearance of the new Yamaha YZF-R6 in fine style by taking pole position and a new track best lap time of 2:01.928. This is also Foret's first race for his new squad, doubling the pre-race satisfaction felt by both team and rider. Broc Parkes made the improvements in set-up he required to challenge at the front today, and scored fifth best time, with a 2:02.636.
Foret was relaxed in his approach to the final qualifying session, taking almost half a second off his day one time, which had earned him the provisional pole spot going into the final qualifying session today. Foret proved to be 0.345 seconds faster than the next nearest challenger in qualifying.
Parkes felt a degree of relief as he approached the kind of form he had shown in pre-season testing, and improved his lap time by well over two seconds when compared to a difficult day one.
David Salom (Yamaha Spain World Supersport Team) secured a top ten grid placing after two strong days on track at the tricky Losail circuit, giving a boost to his hardworking team and his own confidence. His temporary team-mate, Josep Pedro secured a in his first visit to Qatar.
Massimo Roccoli (Yamaha Team Italia Lorenzini by Leoni) has had a luckless weekend so far, with technical issues preventing him from maximising his track time. The proven WSS race winner could only qualify in 28th place on the starting grid.
Fabien Foret (1st - 2'01.928 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"I didn't make any mistakes in my fast lap and I also did a 2'02.0 near the end, which was very close to my best. I was not taking too many risks, and I am happy that the work we did in the winter is now paying off. I was not always very, very fast in testing but I was pretty consistent, working hard to find the right settings - and now we see the reward. I am happy, especially because I am in a new team this year, and we have a new bike. The bike is already very good so we will be going out to make a strong result tomorrow in the race."
Broc Parkes (5th: - 2'02.636 - Yamaha World Supersport Team)
"A lot better today. We came from behind and I was hoping to get a front row start after the weekend we have had. It was a little bit unexpected to find ourselves the way we were yesterday, after winter testing had been so good, but we have a good set-up now and we are getting closer to where we want to be. I'm optimistic for the race and I'm really looking forward to it now."
Wilco Zeelenberg - Team Manager, Yamaha World Supersport Team
"It's good to have both Fabien and Broc at the front of the field at the end of qualifying, good for all the team. Fabien has gone faster now than Broc did in testing so we are obviously working in a good direction. And Fabien was not finding it hard to do the lap times; it was coming relatively easy for him. Now we have to look towards doing well in the race itself and keep our heads down, keep working hard. There is no point in making real changes in set-up now, we just have to make sure that the riders can fight from the first to the last lap, because they have to."
David Salom (9th - 2'02.866 - Yamaha Spain World Supersport Team)
"The weather conditions and some improvements in our suspension set up and electronics system allowed us to go faster today, and it's great to be in the top ten out of 36 riders. We have not made a final tyre choice yet, we will wait for the warm-up to make a decision, because the track may be different again tomorrow."